Ibizan Hound Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Ibizan Hound is a typical hound of the Mediterranean, tall, lean with large open pricked ears and a rich glowing colour. As with so many sighthounds, it is thought that they arrived in the Balearics with Phoenician traders. Their likeness is found on friezes on the tombs of the Pharaohs; it is possible that today’s Ibizan Hounds are descendants of those hounds, but in any case there is a striking similarity. It is also claimed that Hannibal, who was from Ibiza, took some hounds with him on his trip over the Alps. In the Balearics he was known as a rabbit dog, and it was his prowess in hunting rabbit to feed the family that was especially prized.
The Ibizan has an unusual front with a shorter and more upright shoulder than is generally found; this gives him the ability to spring upwards remarkably high from standstill. I was once told that this was because he caught birds on the wing, though I have never heard it since. He has a curious and unusual movement which is more familiar in dressage horses than dogs; it is a suspended trot, where the hound for one brief moment hovers the foot before touching the ground.
They are tall hounds, up to 74cm, but comparatively light, weighing up to 55lbs. The coat is either smooth or rough in any combination of white, chestnut and lion or as a solid colour. A distinguishing characteristic is the relatively shallow and flat ribcage; most sighthounds are required to have a deep ribcage reaching to the elbow with a good spring of rib. The Ibizan should have a gap of 2.5 – 3″ from the elbow to the base of the ribcage, which gives it quite a different profile to most hounds. It is also claimed that when excited the Ibizan will blush! I include this out of interest and not a little disbelief and will delete it if there are people out there who know better!!
The Ibizan is a sighthound with an exceptional jumping ability which means a very well-fenced garden; very sensitive, they will love their own family but treat the rest of the world with disdain. They can be vocal and are not a breed to be left in a kennel; their place is with the family, in the warm. A very dramatic looking hound who will certainly turn heads, he is not a dog for everyone, though he will reward you with great loyalty.
Rescue and Rehoming
Ibizan Hound Rescue - rescuing hunting dogs from Spain`
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Club for their assistance. Ibizan Hound Rescue have a variety of breeds, not just Ibizans requiring help.
It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.